Saturday, March 20, 2010

Marching through March

It's been awhile since I've visited here and posted, so here I am with an update.

Scrapbooking was so much fun. I was there with some friends and ran into another high school classmate. I finished 11 pages, if I remember correctly. I learned how to use vellum splits to adhere those cutesy vellum quotes to my page. It was all around a great day and nice to be out of the house doing something just for me!

The MS Walk is on May 2nd and I have already personally raised $1200 just with online donations so far. I have another $100+ in cash and check donations and I will be holding a raffle at school soon. I plan to raffle off some chocolate, a Tastefully Simple pound cake mix and one of their brand-spanking-new watermelon margarita mixes. I hope to make another fifty dollars or so off that.

The crazy thing is that my whole team goal was $1200 so we have already beaten that! I have a confirmed team of 6 other members with a possible 3-5 more people joining us. I think we are also going to have T-shirts made up with our Team Weeble name on them.

Someone asked how I am able to do this, the exercising and the upcoming walk. The answer is that I am truly in a remission state right now. I have very little active symptoms outside of fatigue and some urinary frequency which are dealt with through meds, and also some cramps in my legs now and then.

I feel good exercising. I see changes in my body, my shape, and my muscles. I have lost weight and I am starting to make some better food choices with fresh pineapple being my top change. It tastes so good; who knew? I guess the people at Dole did.

I still have a long way to go with the weight loss. I am not deluding myself into thinking that I am all fixed. I have lots of work to do but for the first time in a long time it seems... almost manageable. For once I can push the MS diagnosis to the side and work on me without *that* getting in the way.

There was a long period of time when I couldn't do that and that was just a year ago. What a difference a year can make. It's hard to ride out the symptoms sometimes with MS. I have been blessed with good health at this time and I am going to make the most of it. I am going to keep walking, dancing, and boxing the heck out of MS. Score one for me and zero for MS.

I hope your symptoms wane and become manageable too.
Weebs :)

1 comment:

Karen said...

That's awesome!!! I was happy to read about the remission and how good you are feeling. I am a scrapper as well but have been having a really hard time holding onto anything to complete any project. 2 weeks ago my sister and I had an afternoon of scrapping (she's a beginner). I made some baked brie(yummmmmy) and we had a nice glass of wine and some tea and I was able to do 2 pages. I fought the hand numbness and pain in my arms and did it but now I am discouraged because of that day. I love to scrap, and it's depressing when I walk by my scrapping area and see all my things waiting to be used for creation, calling to me, unable to do anything.
I worked all last week at my ft job and I taught this weekend (first aid) and I am totally and completely drained but with the economy today...I need the money. And I needed to teach, that's my passion, I absolutely love it. I have to teach all next weekend as well and work all week at my regular job...I am scared of what it's going to do to my body!
Do you just one day wake up in no pain and realize ... oh okay, remission time, or does it progressively get better then remission??? I spoke with a personal trainer here at work and she was sending me information on some light exercises to get me started...I tried them a couple of times but found that I could hardly function the following couple of days and that my headaches started back with a vengence. the Propananol isn't working and I had the dosage uped...UGH! I wish I had a friend to help me through this...someone here who knew what I was going through. I have a lot of people who sympathize for me but that's not what I want...I don't want pity, God gave me this for a reason, I need someone to work through this with me though...Northern Ontario doesn't do a lot for MS...no networking...
Anyway, thanks for letting me vent on your page...I am very happy to hear you are feeling better these days. I would love to see some pictures of your scrapping creations.
take care,
KNM